Posts Tagged ‘pesticides’

Blind Faith vs. Insight: Employing Media Literacy to Reject Policies that Harm Human Health

, UCS Science Network

As a dietitian who attempts to connect the dots between food, health and agriculture, my first job is to help my audiences think ecologically—to understand ripple effects—or how one influences others. Read more >

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More Herbicide, or More Innovative, Sustainable Farming?

, senior scientist, Food and Environment

As another growing season begins, production agriculture is confronted with important choices. Among them is whether the farming community and policy makers will heed the clear warnings from herbicide-resistant weeds that industrial monoculture farming methods are not sustainable. Read more >

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A Food Day Wish List: More Veggies, Less Corn

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Okay, yes, sometimes corn is a vegetable. But most of the time, it’s something else entirely—highly processed corn syrup in a can of soda, for example, or a fast food burger made from a corn-fed cow. Sadly, today the average American is eating too much of those junk foods, and not enough fruits and vegetables. But while the impacts on public health are dramatic (see this recent report on the costs of diet-related heart disease, for example), that’s not the whole story. Read more >

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Important Reports on GE Crops Missed by the Boston Review Magazine Forum

, sr. scientist emeritus, Food & Environment

I was recently a participant in a virtual forum sponsored by the Boston Review magazine called, rather grandly, “The Truth About GMOs.” I was one of eight respondents asked to provide short comments on an article by Dr. Pamela Ronald advocating greater acceptance of genetic engineering. The forum also gave Dr. Ronald space to reply to the respondents’ comments. Read more >

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Interference in the Science of Atrazine (Again): Syngenta Tears a Page from the Tobacco Industry Playbook

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In last year’s report Heads They Win, Tails We Lose, we laid out the strategies used by corporations to interfere in the development of science-based policy. We pulled from diverse examples—from ozone standards to medical devices to protection of workers from silica dust—in order to showcase the many ways corporations have interfered with the science. But it is only a rare case where a single issue encompasses these many strategies—and now Syngenta Crop Protection has done just that. Read more >

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